Safe Haven
Safe Haven (2013)

An affirming and suspenseful story about a young woman's struggle to love again, Safe Haven is based on the novel from Nicholas Sparks, the best-selling author behind the hit films The Notebook and Dear John. When a mysterious young… More

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Rated: PG-13
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Release Date: February 14, 2013
DVD Release Date: May 7, 2013
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Critic Score: 12% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Schmaltzy, predictable, and melodramatic, Safe Haven also suffers from a ludicrous plot twist, making for a particularly ignominious Nicholas Sparks adaptation.

Wesley Morris
Grantland

A movie whose punch line is so delightfully absurd that even after you pretty much know what's coming you spit out your Pepsi anyway.

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Rex Reed
New York Observer

Plods along with dialogue just above the level of crayon scribblings, and the direction by the usually reliable Lasse Hallström is dismayingly sluggish.

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Francesca Rudkin
New Zealand Herald

If you're a fan of Sparks, and like-minded feel-good romantic dramas, Safe Haven will deliver what you know and love; everyone else should be well warned by now.

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Drew Hunt
Chicago Reader

Keeping up with the movie's inane plot twists makes for a capricious good time, but an unimaginative denouement turns the whole thing into a fool's errand.

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Amy Nicholson
Birth.Movies.Death.

Their love story has a mellow ease -- as neither of them has much of a personality, we're just watching two swell people decide to bone

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Stephen Silver
EntertainmentTell

All the usual romance and idyllic locations-and-vengeful-violent-ex-husband, up until the weirdest, most out-of-nowhere plot twist ever.

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Trevor Johnston
Time Out

[The] final reel ... descends into the Vortex of Bonkers, delivering fits of unexpected laughter.

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Michael Granberry
Dallas Morning News

It's as though the filmmakers lacked the confidence to stick with the basic story, which served every element needed in a Sparks-infused guilty pleasure.

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James Luxford
The National (UAE)

few will leave the cinema feeling they've seen something original or affecting

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Flixster Audience Score: 67% Flixster User Reviews
Alice Shen
An abused wife flees her sadistic cop-husband and learns to love again with a widower and his kids in what could be a Lifetime movie - complete with big twist… More
Nate Zoebl
For a solid two acts, I couldn't hate Safe Haven, the latest in the bland, paint-by-numbers coastal romances based on a novel by Nicholas Sparks. It was… More
Manu Gino
You know it when you find it. Very Good Film! The whole film seemed so natural that there was an obvious, stark contrast to the drama and thriller aspect in… More
KJ Proulx
This newest entry in the Nicholas Sparks books-turned-movies is probably one of the better sappy romances to have been released in the past few years, but that… More
Cynthia S.
Josh Duhamel...you have my heart. This was just wonderful. Sweet. Funny. Complete, and utter chick flick happiness....oh, and what an ending. I had no idea.… More
Julie B
Wow. This was seriously ridiculous, even for a Nicholas Sparks movie. But on a plane, no one can hear you cackle.